Judge slams Romanian crime gang’s £16m fraud as ‘scourge of the technological age’ as he jails them for up to five years each after they targeted 60,000 customers by stealing pin numbers from ATMs

Facing jail: Florin Ioan Silaghi, 30, Vasile Daniel Pop, 30, Ovidiu Metac, 27 and Adriana Alexandra Turc, 25, (top left to bottom right) ran a gang who targeted more than 60,000 bank customers in a £16million fraud

Judge slams Romanian crime gang’s £16m fraud as ‘scourge of the technological age’ as he jails them for up to five years each after they targeted 60,000 customers by stealing pin numbers from ATMs

A gang of Romanian fraudsters have been jailed for between 21 and 64 months for stealing an estimated £16 million-worth of bank card details from more than 60,000 people in the UK and abroad.

Three men and a woman appeared at the Old Bailey for sentencing after pleading guilty to a string of fraud offences after police uncovered what they described as a ‘fraudster’s utopia’ in Harrow, Middlesex.

Prosecutor Catherine Pattison said the defendants – who were living at addresses in the area – were responsible for ‘a large-scale, highly sophisticated, well executed ATM and counterfeit fraud’.

 

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